What Is Fantasy Football?
Have you heard of fantasy football and thought that it might be too niche and too complicated for you to even try out? Maybe you’ve thought about learning to play before but just haven’t. Have you thought it was a man’s game? If so, read on!
We’ve tried playing fantasy football here at RaiderLadies.com and we can say that it’s quite easy. It’s also a lot of fun and anyone can play. There are no elves, wizards, or dragons here. Although, there’s definitely some sexy guns! Fantasy Football is all about real athletes who devote their lives to their sport.
The Definition of Fantasy Football
Cambridge dictionary defines “fantasy football” as “a game in which you choose a team of real football players from different teams and win points according to how well the players play each week”
In other words, you become the owner and the team manager, then you build your dream team by combining players from any NFL Team. The fantasy aspect of this game is really about the fact that you’re hopefully playing with a dream team. Everything else is real life.
Why Should I Play It?
It’s football! If you’re a fan and you don’t know fantasy football, you’re missing out on a lot. This is a great way to get to know the players on a deeper level than when you’re just a regular fan. Getting to know the players while having fun can be a great idea!
Even if you’re not a fan, it’s a game! It’s fun. Fantasy football might be a great way for you to better understand what football is about. Football games are a huge part of American culture. So much so that NFL games are played on Thanksgiving Day and players are honored to play in them.
American Professional Football is considered to be the biggest game in the country. Did you know that 39% of NFL football fans are women? That being said, not even 25% of Fantasy Football fans are women. There are usually 1-2 female players in a league.
Other reasons include:
- Social and Daily Experiences – Fantasy Football allows you to form connections with people. You can form leagues with your friends and family, or you can find new acquaintances who also love football. It’s fun to meet and bond instantly with people about their Fantasy Teams. It’s a really good game, especially right now when most of us are trapped in our homes.
- Optional Betting- Many beginner fantasy football players take a season or two to learn and see if you want to try your luck at betting. Most fantasy football leagues are free to join but team owners can opt-in to be eligible to win great prizes based on their season performance.
- Betting– If you opt to bet on your team, you can join leagues with entry fees as low as $35 and as high as $10,000. This has become big business for many people. A $200 entry fee can put you into million dollar prize pools. Research before spending money on a site you are unfamiliar with.
Is Fantasy Football Legal?
You might be having questions right now like “Isn’t this gambling?” “Is this legal?” Those would be perfectly good questions to ask. Fantasy Football used to be illegal, so most of the internet platform sites were hosted outside of the U.S.
In 2006, the United States Congress passed a bill called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. After President G.W. Bush signed the bill into law, the law did a wonderful thing for fantasy football.
The verbiage of the bill specifically exempted fantasy sports games, educational games, or any online contest that has an outcome that reflects the relative knowledge of the participants, or their skill. This bill brought fantasy sports businesses back into the U.S. instead of operating in other countries. The legality of the sport attracted many reputable sporting companies who are now at the top of the 300+ platforms you can play on.
Many changes have happened since then, especially with the explosion of the number of fantasy football enthusiasts. A lot of states have passed laws meant to regulate fantasy football. Corporations that offer “pay to play leagues” are required to have licenses. These regulations are meant to protect you, the player.
The Thrill and Intelligence Boost
During the season, since injuries, scores, and stats matter, Sundays become a lot more interesting. Games that you didn’t care about before because they weren’t your team suddenly mattered. Playing this game also has you noticing individual players that you might want on your team next season. The game becomes much more intellectual and you’re still having fun.
Fantasy football will also give you a closer look at players when they’re not on your team. Fantasy football is about people. You need to have a group of people who will stick with you until the season’s end and not get hurt. Consider it a social event on paper.
If you haven’t tried fantasy football, do it this year. Ladies can be analytical about most everything. Show the man in your life that you can play better than him. Get cocky because the Lady doesn’t know anything and won.You don’t even have to choose your players by stats and performances. Do it like horse racing! Who has the best stride, best legs, teeth, whatever! Maybe the best name or if they’re nice. Or even shirtless pictures!
Many leagues have a meet and greet to choose fantasy football players. Some meet peridically throughout the season. During COVID, this will probably not be the case, which is why this is a great reason to figure the game out. On our “How To Play Fantasy Football” page, there’s a list of free platforms. Check back to let us know how you’re doing and to check on the other ladies. Good luck and have ALOT of fun with this!
Socialize! Meet Men! Connections!
Fantasy football was started in an Oakland Raider bar in 1960 and today has about 50 million players. Before writing this, I had no clue that it was so big. When I read the stats, I decided that every woman on our site should consider playing, especially the single ones. These were the stats I uncovered as I was researching fantasy football.
According to the Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association (FSGA) in 2018 “approximately 41 million people play fantasy sports every year with an average age of 34. About 18% of the market is held by teens, an important demographic because more than 80% of all users say they are likely to continue playing for at least the next decade and more than 40% say they will play for life. 80% of all team managers are male. 89.8% of them are white and 51.5% are not married. 78% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, likely making the majority of team managers an upper-middle-class earner with a median income between $60–100K.”
Wow! Single, educated and employed men play this sport. There are home and bar parties and get togethers… Hmm… Maybe 2020 is the year to learn how to play ladies! You just might meet a man with at least one similar interest. Read our “How To Play Fantasy Football” featured article soon so you can join a league. There are many free sites to learn on. The most important thing? Just have fun! nah, “Just Win” all of you Raider Ladies!